Thermal Industries Marks 50th with Donation

June 21, 2010

Thermal Industries Inc. marked its 50th anniversary last week with the announcement that it would give 50 custom-made vinyl replacement windows to the non-profit organization Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh. David Rascoe, president, also pledged the company would participate in an ongoing partnership that provides future window support to the organization.

Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh rehabilitates the houses of low-income homeowners, particularly the elderly, so they may continue to live in warmth, safety and independence. Steve Hellner-Burris, executive director, and Frank Hammond, board president, were on hand for the announcement of the donation, which is valued at approximately $20,000, according to Thermal Industries officials.

“We, along with the thousands of volunteers who give their time each year, recognize the importance of rehabilitating homes, rather than allowing them to become a blight upon the community," Rascoe stated at the event. "This is the ultimate in recycling—keeping communities strong by helping homeowners maintain their residences, and more importantly, live in their homes with safety foremost. Furthermore, we are excited to announce that our employees can volunteer as a group to assist in Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh’s National Rebuilding Day as well as its Corporate Workdays program.”

“This donation will impact approximately 15 homes in our area. Residences in the Hazelwood, Homewood and Wilkinsburg neighborhoods have already been selected to receive Thermal Industries’ replacement windows,” reported Hellner-Burris.

Thermal Industries, now a division of Atrium Corp., operates two manufacturing facilities in Murrysville and Trafford, Pa., corporate and branch offices in Pittsburgh and 20 branch locations East of the Mississippi. It employs approximately 450 people. 

David Weis founded the company 50 years ago with the vision to build "a new kind of window that would revolutionize the way windows are manufactured." Thermal Industries introduced America’s first custom vinyl replacement window officially recognized by the American Architectural Manufacturers Association, officials note. 

From left to right, Steve Hellner-Burris and Frank Hammond from Rebuilding Together
Pittsburgh with  David Rascoe, president of Thermal Industries.